FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Eric Mason
PhD Forums and New Investigators
Make Waves at 2006 Grace Hopper Celebration
PALO ALTO, Calif., September 25, 2006 – The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) announced eight unique sessions and more than 30 individual presentations at the upcoming Grace Hopper Celebration dedicated to PhD Students and New Investigators and their research. The Grace Hopper Celebration is being held October 4-7, 2006 in San Diego, CA. The New Investigator and PhD forum will be held during Session 4, 2:50 – 4:05 pm, Friday October 6.
The 30+ sessions highlight new research in computing and are grouped together under the following themes: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and social issues, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Neuro-linguistic Computing (NLP), Mobile Computing and Networking, Architecture and Grid Computing, Theory, Topic in Computer Science, Computing Changes Our Lives, and Computing Brings Speed and Safety.
Looking at the past for a new future:
One example from the Computing Changes our Lives theme areas is, “Advancement through Interactive Radio”; a project presented by New Investigator, University of Colorado, Boulder, PhD student Revi Sterling. Sterling is looking at the past for a new future, believing that by using the radio in new ways, we can change the conversation for the African poor. Radio, sometimes called the “Internet for the Poor”, doesn’t have the barriers associated with new technology: literacy, cost, energy, proximity, and access. By leveraging and enhancing radios that are able to asynchronously capture feedback, women in Africa will have a voice in the dialogue over radio. To support this interactivity, Sterling will develop a simple device that records listener feedback and stores it until delivered back to the community radio station. Routing listener feedback via ad hoc networks using other radios allows their opinions and experiences to be included in subsequent broadcasts. The goal of this technology is to more rapidly advance the status of women in developing regions.
Among the 30+ additional presentations are:
- Software Visualization: Using Perceptual and Cognitive Concepts to Quantify Quality, Support Instruction and Improve Interactions – Philippa Rhodes, University of Georgia
- Natural Language Watermarking – Mercan Tokara, Purdue University
- High Performance Query Planner for Distributed Data Streams on the Grid - Ying Liu, Indiana University
- Dataflow Mini-Graphs: Amplifying Superscalar Capacity and Bandwidth - Anne Bracy, University of Pennsylvania / Intel Corp.
- Evaluating Algorithmic Design Paradigms - Sashka Davis, University of California, San Diego
- VOGUE: A Novel Variable Order-Gap State Machine for Modeling Sequences - Bouchra Bouqata, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Making and Propagating Elastic Waves: An Overview of the New Wave Propagation Program - Kathleen Patricia McCandless, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Designing Ubiquitous Computing Technologies to Motivate Fitness and Health - Louise Barkhuus, University of Glasgow
This research represents advancements in the field of computing by expanding technology capabilities and addressing new paradigms of technology advances. We are excited to bring academic research to the conference to share ideas across the computing space. We believe strongly that these women represent the next generation of technical researchers and leaders that will shape the impact of women on technology.
Grace Hopper Celebration Sponsors:
Gold sponsors: CA, Cisco Systems, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo! - Silver sponsors: Amazon, Arrow Electronics, Cadence, EMC, Fair Isaac, SAIC, Symantec, Thoughtworks, USENIX – Bronze sponsors: Adobe, Argonne National Labs, AT&T Labs, BMC, Goldman Sachs, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Network Appliances, NCWIT, Oracle, Qualcomm, Virsalent, Walmart.com, Wells Fargo.
Gold academic scholarship underwriters: California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Princeton University, UC Irvine, University of California Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Silver academic scholarship underwriters: Information Networking Institute Carnegie Mellon, DePaul University, Georgia Tech, Michigan State University, NCSA, New York University, Purdue University – Bronze academic scholarship underwriters: Indiana University, Tufts University, University of California Berkeley, University of California Santa Cruz, UC Davis, University of Texas at Austin.
Founding Sponsors: CRA & CRA-W
Government Sponsor: The National Science Foundation
About the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing:
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is a program of The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) and is co-presented by ABI and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, this technical conference is the world’s largest gathering of women in computing, and is designed to bring the technology, research and career interests of women in IT-related professions to the forefront. Open to women and men from the undergraduate level to seasoned technical leaders and educators, GHC receives financial support from major corporations and universities and from the government through The National Science Foundation. GHC was founded by the late Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney in 1994.
About The Anita Borg Institute
Founded in 1997, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to changing the world for women and technology. The Institute accomplishes its goals through collaboration with industry, academic and government organizations. A growing list of leading corporations, including partners HP, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Google and sponsors, IBM, Cisco, and Intel recognize that by investing in its programs to engage and develop technical women, they can achieve a more diverse, globally competitive workforce capable of producing higher levels of technology innovation and better financial performance. Partnering with these visionaries, as well as leading universities, government organizations and influential individual business and political leaders, the Institute is delivering programs that are changing the world for women and technology. The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) : www.anitaborg.org.